Chennai 31st July 2023: Amidst an air of triumph and hope, Apollo Proton Cancer Centre (APCC) together with Apollo Cancer Centre (ACC) and Apollo Shine, to successfully host the second edition of ‘Winners on Wheels’ Cyclothon. The exceptional event was dedicated to accelerating awareness about Sarcoma, a type of cancer that predominantly affects children. The response from participants, spectators, and cancer warriors alike was nothing short of overwhelming, as they united with unwavering determination to make a difference.
Sarcoma, a rare and often misunderstood form of cancer, poses unique challenges to patients and their families. As a part of its ongoing commitment to supporting cancer warriors, Apollo Proton Cancer Centre along with Apollo Cancer Centre and Apollo Shine took the initiative to shed light on Sarcoma during the ‘Winners on Wheels’ Cyclothon with an aim to raise awareness and bring hope to those facing the complexities of this disease.
The inaugural edition of ‘Winners on Wheels’ in 2022 witnessed resounding success, with over 100 cyclists coming forward to support the cause alongside the brave cancer warriors. This year, the 5 km Cyclothon, flagged-off at APCC, focussed to spread the powerful message that “Cancer is Conquerable” with timely diagnosis and the right treatment. The inspiring event showcased sarcoma survivors leading the charge, symbolizing the indomitable spirit and resilience of those fighting cancer.
Renowned Film Director & Entrepreneur, Ms. Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, flagged off the event, expressing her admiration for Apollo’s efforts. “It is heart-warming to witness the impact that Apollo is driving among the lives of cancer patients. I am humbled to be part of this noble initiative, and events like ‘Winners on Wheels’ inspire all to unite in the fight against cancer.”
Dr. Vishnu Ramanujan, Consultant – Musculoskeletal Oncology, said, ” Sarcoma is a complex and less common type of cancer, especially in children, which makes it crucial for us to enhance awareness and understanding about the condition. Through the ‘Winners on Wheels’ Cyclothon, we aim to break the silence surrounding Sarcoma and provide a platform for survivors to share their inspiring stories of courage and tenacity.”
Speaking at the event, Mr. Harshad Reddy, Director Group Oncology & International, emphasized, “At Apollo Proton Cancer Centre and Apollo Cancer Centre, we firmly believe in supporting cancer warriors at every stage of their journey. The ‘Winners on Wheels’ Cyclothon provides a platform to raise awareness about sarcoma and offer hope to those facing the challenges of this disease.”
The ‘Winners on Wheels’ Cyclothon 2023 was a triumphant achievement, with enthusiastic participation from over 300 cyclists, including sarcoma survivors, medical staff, students, and members of the community. The unity displayed by the dedicated medical professionals and cancer warriors, demonstrated commitment towards the fight against cancer. By coming together as a community it has strengthened the belief that cancer is conquerable and that there is a bright future beyond sarcoma.